Certified Addiction Counselor Salary

Certified Addiction Counselors in the United States can expect only a modest salary, with average pay of just $35K per year. The bottom of the pay range sits near $24K, and the top verges on $47K per year. Career duration and the particular city each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Certified Addiction Counselors survey participants are largely women, dominating at 68 percent. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Although just under one in three lack health benefits of any kind, more than half do enjoy medical insurance, and nearly one-half get dental coverage, too. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$25,057 - $46,768
(Median)
$25K
$35K
$47K
MEDIAN: $34,872
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50%
90%

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$10.92 - $23.68
(Median)
$11
$16
$24
MEDIAN: $15.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$25,057 - $46,768  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $650  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,272 - $47,201  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 78
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$10.92 - $23.68  
   
Overtime
$14.19 - $49.32  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $650  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$24,272 - $47,201  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 72
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Job Description for Certified Addiction Counselor

  • Provide evaluations, interventions, and individual and group therapy to clients experiencing chemical abuse or chemical dependency.
  • Maintain case history and progress notes while observing their patients.
  • Counsel individuals or groups and implements therapeutic treatment plans to resolve addictions to drugs or alcohol.

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Certified Addiction Counselors only report a few specific skills. Counseling and Group Therapy are considered valuable skills and can increase employee pay. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Group Therapy and Counseling.

Pay by Experience Level for Certified Addiction Counselor

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


The average inexperienced worker earns $33K. It's worth noting that someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a smaller median salary of $32K. Certified Addiction Counselors see a median salary of $37K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $43K.

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Experience Affects Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$34,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 2%

Mid-Career
up arrow 7%

Skills That Affect Certified Addiction Counselor Salaries

National Average
$34,000

Counseling
up arrow 8%

Group Therapy
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
68 %
Male
32 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1%
1-4 years
54%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 69% dental benefits Dental: 50%
vision benefits Vision: 39% employee benefits None: 30%
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